Jan. 25th, 2017

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Northumbria University fined 400,000 GBP after a an experiment intended to study the effects of caffeine on exercise gave two volunteers 30g of caffeine each, instead of 0.3g.

(This is 2-4x the LD50 of caffeine in humans, BTW.)

The lab had switched to using powdered caffeine instead of tablets, and did the dose calculation on a mobile phone app, and neglected the decimal places. And nobody thought "hey, taking caffeine powder doses like it's a Costco-sized bottle of protein powder, that's MAYBE A LITTLE WEIRD?"


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